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    • JIL
    • By JIL 10th Jan 18, 12:20 AM
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    What are you making for dinner 2018.
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    • 10th Jan 18, 12:20 AM
    What are you making for dinner 2018. 10th Jan 18 at 12:20 AM
    There were problems with the original thread in that it disappeared and could not be reinstated.

    So a new thread was created and we all started again, unfortunately that thread also seems to have joined it's predecessor.

    So here's a new one. We need to hear about Suki's lamb casserole and Island Maid is back from Amsterdam and must have delights to tell us about.

    Maybe if the old one can be found then this can be merged?

    Anyway without further ado...
    Last edited by JIL; 10-01-2018 at 12:32 AM.
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    • C J
    • By C J 8th Feb 18, 7:54 AM
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    A pack of lamb mince is quietly defrosting for me to make some spicy lamb burgers for tonight's supper. I'm planning to serve this with a large mixed salad incl hm coleslaw, and I expect I'll do a few chips

    I don't have anything planned for pudding, but there are Aldi cornettos in the freezer if Mister CJ wants one.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 8th Feb 18, 8:21 AM
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    A pack of lamb mince is quietly defrosting for me to make some spicy lamb burgers for tonight's supper. I'm planning to serve this with a large mixed salad incl hm coleslaw, and I expect I'll do a few chips

    I don't have anything planned for pudding, but there are Aldi cornettos in the freezer if Mister CJ wants one.
    Originally posted by C J
    We had that last night, very tasty.
    But Lordy! The kitchen don't half stink this morning.

    Tonight I'm doing beef stroganoff in the slow cooker with plain rice.
    I have the remainder of the creme fraiche that I used in the goulash to add just before serving.
    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 8th Feb 18, 8:32 AM
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    Off for my last cooking lesson with chef today - Seafood is the theme, Hubby is coming too, so we are treating it as our Valentine s Day, as lunch is included.

    Doubt if we will need dinner tonight, but have cheese and oatcakes if we need supper x
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 8th Feb 18, 8:42 AM
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    Off for my last cooking lesson with chef today - Seafood is the theme, Hubby is coming too, so we are treating it as our Valentine!!!8217;s Day, as lunch is included.

    Doubt if we will need dinner tonight, but have cheese and oatcakes if we need supper x
    Originally posted by Islandmaid
    I didn't realise it was a set of lessons, IM.

    Have a fab day.
    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 8th Feb 18, 9:45 AM
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    Polly it was 2 lessons, I think DH booked the second because he wanted to go too - not going to moan though - will fill in the details later.
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    • C J
    • By C J 8th Feb 18, 11:20 AM
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    Yes please! Can't wait to hear all about it. What a lovely present to receive
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    • hatful-of-hollow
    • By hatful-of-hollow 8th Feb 18, 1:45 PM
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    Lunch was a smoked bacon roll and tonight we're having hm cawl from the freezer, with bread and cheese, followed by lemon sponge pudding and custard.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 8th Feb 18, 2:16 PM
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    Easy-ish dins tonight; HM nut loaf (from the freezer - I need to empty a drawer for when the two little Cavapoos who are on the BARF diet, which requires quite a bit of freezer space, come to stay for their holiday) plus HM sweet'n'sour sauce, with added fresh pineapple chunks, and rice.

    We have Blokey coming in to fix the leaky kitchen tap this afternoon - not sure what time, just "between 15:00 and 17:00" so if it's nearer 17:00 I shan't want to be faffing about with a complicated meal after he's gone.
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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 8th Feb 18, 2:24 PM
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    Off for my last cooking lesson with chef today - Seafood is the theme, Hubby is coming too, so we are treating it as our Valentine s Day, as lunch is included.

    Doubt if we will need dinner tonight, but have cheese and oatcakes if we need supper x
    Originally posted by Islandmaid
    Enjoy your meal!

    Today's dinner will be pork chop, mash & green veg with HM onion gravy.

    Denise
    • borlottibean
    • By borlottibean 8th Feb 18, 2:33 PM
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    We are having homemade carrot soup from the freezer with some garlic flatbread. I'm having a freezer sort-out just now and eating up all the odds and end.
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 8th Feb 18, 4:34 PM
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    I have no idea what we're having this evening, we had a hotel breakfast this morning and a sandwich and cake lunch at a garden centre on the way back home, I'm not sure I've got room for anything else!
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    • tighteningthebelt
    • By tighteningthebelt 8th Feb 18, 5:27 PM
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    Omelette, baked beans and bread. Need a quick turnaround!
    Kiwi and yogurt for pud.
    Lunch was hm soup.
    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 8th Feb 18, 6:25 PM
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    So, a little review of our Seafood Themed cooking lesson...

    Chef showed us how to salt cod, a generous handful of Malden sea salt over a whole fillet of cod, best left over night in the fridge to take as much water out as possible, rinse of after and then portion up - he also showed us a Wild Garlic and Parmesan crust which could be whizzed up in a food processor, and then rolled out to a pound coin thickness between 2 sheets of baking parchment, this can be frozen, cut into rectangles, still in its paper (dont forget to peel off the paper before use).

    We made a Tomato Fondue, which was like a thick ketchup, this was spooned onto the thick cod steak and topped with the garlic crust, grilled for a couple of minutes till blistering, then into a hot oven for 5 minutes - delicious

    Whilst the cod was salting, he produced the most enormous Halibut we have ever seen and showed us how to fillet that, using the bones and head for stock - did you know to remove the gills and eyeballs (sorry to the sqeamish) before making stock as it makes it cloudy.

    Next was Squid, cleaning it, scoring it and frying it - we eat a lot of squid, knew how to prep it, but learnt some new ways to cook it.

    Last was Thai Mussels- coconut milk, Lemon grass, Kafia lime leaves, ginger, chilli and coriander - a lovely fresh change to Moules Mariner

    So, to sum up our lunch we had me first/Hubby

    A taster of Ham-hock presse

    Pan fried squid with chilli and ginger

    Thai Mussels/Pork terrine with Remoulade and pickled season veg

    Herb crusted cod with Tomato fondue, Griddled purple sprouting broccoli and a fish valloute/Slow roasted Jacobs ladder of beef with Savoy Cabbage pur!e and deep fried Savoy crisps

    We both chose Creme Brulee with pressed Rhubarb and a Rhubarb syllabub Icecream

    I have learnt a lot of new techniques, and chef really pressed home, the message we all know that wasting food is wasting money - so use it all...

    Its a hard life, but someone has to do it......

    My lovely Hubby also presented me with tickets for a weekend in France this weekend for Valentines, its a poshish booze cruise but how lucky am I x
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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 8th Feb 18, 6:31 PM
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    Sounds lovely Islandmaid.

    Denise
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 8th Feb 18, 7:10 PM
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    Wow Islandmaid your lesson sounds amazing - and extra points for Mr I for his idea of a romantic booze cruise

    Well I've had a somewhat trying day today - decorator has been in doing the home office, gave him a lift back and in the time I was out the cat not only threw up all over the floor and sofa but then walked on the freshly painted windowsill

    There's also a crack in the ceiling where two plaster boards meet which we thought would be easy to fill - but the paint already there seems to be flaky and the crack seems to keep reappearing / blistering despite being filled. It's as if it's damp, but there's no leak that I can tell / any other staining on the ceiling which would indicate a leak. Can't think what it might be, and the loft of course is boarded so it's not easy to find out what's going on above. The neighbours do have a loft conversion but I can't think that would be affecting it? It's not somewhere there would be obvious pipe work either (boiler other end of the loft / party wall room that is a flying freehold so not a natural route to track any pipework) Answers on a postcard appreciated.

    So between that, and a dentist appt I'm glad I made a batch of chilli last night which we've polished off tonight.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Feb 18, 7:35 PM
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    Sounds fantastic IM, and well done Mr IM for the cruise surprise.

    Nothing as exciting here- Giant Yorkshire pudding filled with sausagement stuffing balls (Christmas LO), onion gravy, peas and cabbage
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    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 8th Feb 18, 7:51 PM
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    Shepherds pie with peas and sweetcorn.
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    • mckinkle
    • By mckinkle 8th Feb 18, 7:53 PM
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    Hi, have you please got a recipe you could share for your meatloaf please? It sounds lovely!
    • mckinkle
    • By mckinkle 8th Feb 18, 7:54 PM
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    Ive made Nadiya Hussain's lamb, pea and mint pasties along with a saucy potato side dish and mange tout followed by HM apple pie for him and milk jelly for me!
    • C J
    • By C J 9th Feb 18, 7:43 AM
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    Hi, have you please got a recipe you could share for your meatloaf please? It sounds lovely!
    Originally posted by mckinkle
    I'm not sure if you meant me, but looking back I seem to be the last person to talk about meatloaf so here's the recipe I used:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/meatloaf_12471

    I substituted minced beef for a half-in-half mix of minced beef and minced pork, but otherwise used the same recipe. It made enough for two meatloaves (one for the freezer) and they were really delicious.
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